Today is the last day of pod_aware
! Today's topic is Encouraging Podfic:
Podfic as a fan art is still relatively small, even if it's growing quickly. There are positive steps that can be taken to help podfic as a fan art grow. To learn how check out pod_aware on LJ or DW.
I have run out of podfics to post and also, apparently, things to say about podfic. But it has been an awesome fest! Thanks for all your hard work, paraka
, and to everybody else who contributed! ETA: Oh here's something: if you run a comm for say fic about a certain pairing or a certain small fandom, ask yourself whether you are against having art, podfics, and other fanworks posted at that comm. If not, edit your posting guidelines and make an announcement to the comm! I would really appreciate it if more comms would do that and I know a lot of visual artists feel the same way. /ETA
In other fest news, I am really looking forward to participating in erasureathon
, a fest where you get assigned to an author and erase most of the words in one of their fics to end up with a poem. The explanation of erasure
at the comm says,
Erasure poetry is made when the poet selects a written work, removes parts, and what is left is the poem. It’s an excavation, an unfolding, a division, a recreation, a transformation. Your final product can be radically different from your original source – in fact it is bound to.
Earlier this year I went to a reading by several published erasure poets and it was AWESOME! I was especially impressed by Travis MacDonald's book The O Mission Repo (Vol. 1): a Repo of the O Mission Error Attacks on Unit
(based on The 9/11 Commission Report
). It was very creepy and beautiful! This is the third year of the challenge and I know be_themoon
is playing but I hope other friends of mine will join up too. I wish the signups weren't screened but I guess it's exciting to be surprised. Signups
are open through December 3rd and erasures are due on January 7th. Yay fanworks of fanworks! OMG POEMS!!!
Oh hey speaking of transformative works, let's hear it for those AO3 Support volunteers, politely and helpfully answering a lot of strongly worded emails over the last few days. Yay for them and also for other folks who have put so much work into improving the AO3 and other OTW projects.
So, OTW Board Elections are coming up later this week! If you have contributed money this year and are able to vote, I'd like to encourage you to vote for Julia Beck, Jenny Scott-Thompson, Nikisha Sanders, and Betsy Rosenblatt
. If you would like to spend a few days reading posts about this and getting really depressed, let me know and I can give you some links. But the most clearly stated post I've read is bookshop
's OTW Elections! Now with less confusion!
, which puts it in terms of, well, why not to vote for Naomi Novik (even though she's awesome in many other ways that are not being on the OTW Board).